February 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Australian actress Bella Heathcote has been cast in the female lead role in indie thriller “The Curse of Downer’s Grove”, according to Variety. Lucas Till, Kevin Zegers and Aimee Teegarden were cast in the film a few weeks back, while Penelope Mitchell has also jumped on board.
Derek Martini will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Bret Easton Ellis, based on the novel “Downer’s Grove” by Michael Hornburg. Heathcote will play the lead character of Chrissie, an unusual high school senior in a suburban town who juggles family drama, unwanted attention from a school bully and attraction to a hot older man all while worrying about the curse that seems to exist in her town: Every year before school ends a member of the graduating class is killed in bizarre fashion. Filming is expected to start in the spring.
Heathcote starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” and was seen most recently in David Chase’s musical coming of age drama “Not Fade Away.” She is also attached to indie drug cartel thriller “The Preppie Connection” opposite Evan Peters, with filming expected to begin over the summer.
January 30, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
A trio of young rising actors, Lucas Till, Aimee Teegarden and Kevin Zegers, have joined Derek Martini‘s indie thriller “The Curse of Downer’s Grove“, reports Variety.
Based on Michael Hornburg’s novel of the same name, Till will take the lead role as a high school senior who begins to get paranoid over an apparent curse that takes the life of one student every year at the school. Martini co-wrote the script with Bret Easton Ellis and the film will begin production in Los Angeles this February.
Till is currently one of several young male stars in Hollywood vying for the lead role in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel “Divergent” starring Shailene Woodley and recently wrapped shooting on the spy drama “Paranoia” with Liam Hemsworth.
Since filming on critically acclaimed TV show “Friday Night Lights” ended, Teegarden has been slow in making a name for herself in Hollywood, taking a role early last year “Life At These Speeds” with Douglas Booth and “Love and Honor“, also starring Hemsworth.
Canadian actor Zegers will next be seen on the big screen in the anticipated adaptation of another YA novel, “The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones” with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell-Bower and wrapped indie film “All The Wrong Reasons” last year.
August 31, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s Nicholas Sparks meets the Vietnam War in our first look at indie romantic drama “Love and Honor” (formerly “AWOL”), which sees Liam Hemsworth follow his army buddy who wants to reunite with his girlfriend (Austin Stowell) home, and end up falling for someone himself. Aimee Teegarden plays Stowell’s girl, and Hemsworth falls for fellow Aussie Teresa Palmer, as both of them affect their best American accents for this 1960s drama set on the University of Michigan campus.
There’s some half-hearted rumination on the ethics of war and the anti-war movement amongst college students in this Danny Mooney directed indie, but let’s get real. This is clearly a love story, with Hemsworth marveling that he’s never felt committed to anything but the army – until now. Will he return to Vietnam to risk his life fighting for his country or stay for his newfound love, and possibly get arrested for being a deserter?
“Love and Honor” has been set for a fall 2012 release, though no specific date has been given. Watch the first trailer below.
July 26, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aussie rising stars Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer make love, not war in our first look at stills from indie Vietnam War drama/romance “Love and Honor” (previously “AWOL”).
Initially it had been reported that Austin Stowell plays a soldier dumped by his hometown girlfriend (Aimee Teegarden), with Hemsworth as his best friend who joins him in going AWOL in order to return to the United States to win her back, but that appears to have been backwards. Hemsworth and Palmer are the central romance of the film, if the stills and the first poster are any indication.
The backdrop of the tale is the anti-war movement on the campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Danny Mooney directed the film which is tentatively set for release later this year. The stills of Hemsworth and Palmer, which seem to indicate a trailer may be on its way soon, can be seen below, thanks to Just Jared.
February 6, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Since “Friday Night Lights” left the air in 2011, actress Aimee Teegarden has slowly been making a name for herself in Hollywood, taking on roles in Scream 4, Prom and 60s war drama AWOL – which will hit theaters this year and also stars Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer.
Up next for the young actress though is a role alongside fast rising Brit actor Douglas Booth in the adaptation of Life at These Speeds, which Booth joined earlier this year.
Mark Novak has adapted the novel, by Jeremy Jackson, for the big screen, which stars Booth as a rural teenager who, after losing his best friends in a tragic accident, turns his survivor’s guilt into a running addiciton, and in the process becomes a world-class distance runner. Teegarden is set to play “his hometown soul mate”, and also joining the cast as “an over-achiever who struggles to break through [Booth's] grief and defenses” is Annasophia Robb who was last seen in Soul Surfer and will next be heard voicing a lead character in animated film Khumba.
“This is a wonderful teen story about first romances and the passion for sports in rural America,” Teegarden told Variety. “I love that it has such an unexpected, yet emotionally satisfying, ending.” Director Leif Tilden told Variety that “AnnaSophia and Aimee are both such special young artists … I’m thrilled they want to help tell this story.”
July 27, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming on “The Hunger Games” is still continuing on rigorously in North Carolina, but Liam Hemsworth is taking a breather and getting a head start on shooting his follow-up film “AWOL”, a Vietnam War set drama co-starring newcomer Austin Stowell, Teresa Palmer and Aimee Teegardan.
Stowell plays a soldier dumped by his hometown girlfriend (Teegarden). Hemsworth is his best friend who joins him in going AWOL in order to return to the United States to win her back. The backdrop of the tale is the anti-war movement on the campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Danny Mooney will make his directorial debut on the film, which is based on a true story.
Though filming has been ongoing with Stowell, Teegarden and Palmer for several weeks, it was expected that Hemsworth would complete work on “Hunger Games” before jetting up to Michigan. Could this mean he has already finished his part in the Gary Ross directed teen actioner? He was pictured on set with co-star Jennifer Lawrence back in May, both sporting significantly darker hair as required of their characters, but Hemsworth’s seems to have gone back to its lighter shade of brown since.
Pictured below are Hemsworth and Stowell in their army greens while Teegarden does her best peace-loving Flower Child impression. Head over to Just Jared for more where these came from!
June 24, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Liam Hemsworth will be taking a little Absence Without Leave after competing in “The Hunger Games”, with Variety reporting the Aussie up and comer has signed on to star in indie “AWOL”, a Vietnam War set drama. Hemsworth will be joined by a cast that includes newcomer Austin Stowell, Teresa Palmer and Aimee Teegardan.
Stowell plays a soldier dumped by his hometown girlfriend (Teegarden). Hemsworth is his best friend who joins him in going AWOL in order to return to the United States to win her back. The backdrop of the tale is the anti-war movement on the campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Danny Mooney will make his directorial debut on the film, which is based on a true story. The supporting cast also includes Chris Lowell and Max Adler. Production is slated to begin in Mid-July on location in Ann Arbor.
Hemsworth is currently in North Carolina filming the highly anticipated “Hunger Games” opposite Jennifer Lawrence and has also long been attached to Chuck Russell’s “Arabian Nights.” Stowell, a recurring guest star on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, will make his big screen debut in this September’s “Dolphin Tale” with Morgan Freeman. Teegarden rose to fame playing rebellious daughter Julie on NBC’s critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” and recently appeared in “Scream 4.” Palmer, like Hemsworth, is one of many Aussies making waves stateside, recently seen in “I Am Number Four” and attached to “Mad Max: Fury Road” and zombie romance “Warm Bodies” opposite Nicholas Hoult.
December 10, 2010 | Posted by Lindsey Young
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Up until recently, Dakota Fanning was the front-runner for the leading role of Mia in Summit’s “If I Stay”, a film based on the YA novel of the same name. Although there was never an official casting announcement, Fanning was reported to be in the final stages of joining the film under the direction of Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia. Fans of the actress and the book were quite certain that Fanning had nabbed the role and that it was only a matter of time before the film would commence pre-production. However, today the LA Times reported that Fanning has opted out of the movie and is no longer in the running to star. Aside from Summit’s “Breaking Dawn” films (the two-part finale of the Twilight Saga), Fanning will not be committing to any other projects with the exception of smaller projects as she wants to finish high school before committing to any significantly demanding roles.
Now that Fanning is out, who should take her place? Read below for some of our thoughts.
November 29, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
A new digital series by McG, the creator of teen favourites “The OC” and “Supernatural” has lined up Jackson Rathbone, of Twilight fame, and Aimee Teegarden from the critically acclaimed ‘Friday Night Lights” to star.
“Aim High” will star Rathbone as “teenager Nick Green, [who juggles] studies by day and government espionage by night” and Teegarden who will play the Nick’s love interest, according to a new report at The Hollywood Reporter. Also joining the series are Johnny Pemberton (Megadrive) as Green’s best friend, Clancy Brown (Highlander) as Russian mercenary “Boris the Bear,” Jonathan McDaniel (That’s So Raven) as Teegarden’s jealous boyfriend and swim team captain, and Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) as a protective vice principal.
Rathbone is best know for his role as Jasper Hale in the worldwide phenomenon “Twilight”, whilst Teegarden is soon to star in Disney’s new flick, “Prom”.
The action series will be produced on a multi-platform property, and the episode will then be arranged as a film for home entertainment sale. The series will be filmed in Los Angeles.